Pevoto will find a way to help Army win

He was the first guy in the weight room, the last to leave and his hard work rubbed off on the entire team. That's just one reason why Colleyville Heritage High (Texas) football coach Chris Cunningham thinks David Pevoto will succeed in his first year as Army's quarterback.

"David was working out at 6:15 in the morning," Cunningham says. "Most quarterbacks don't want to work out, they shy away from it. But David was in there all the time. He inspired a lot of people."

Included on the list, Cunningham said, is Florida State freshman quarterback Christian Ponder. Ponder followed Pevoto as Colleyville's starting quarterback.

Pevoto enters this season with no starting experience, but he's worked hard during the offseason and made strides. That doesn't surprise Cunningham.

"Nobody is going to out work David," he says. " Cunningham actually had Pevoto penciled in as defensive end because of his size when he was a freshman. At least, until he saw him chuck the ball.

Still, Pevoto played on the freshman ‘B' team in 2000 (his first year as a quarterback) and on the jayvee as a sophomore a year later. He shared the starting duties on varsity as a junior, but was the man as a senior.

Pevoto, who received attention from mainly Division I-AA schools out of Colleyville, passed for 1,503 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior and was an all-district selection.

Pevoto faces bigger challenges at Army.

Cunningham knows that and he knows Pevoto won't disappoint Army fans.

"David will find a way to win," Cunningham says. "He always does. You just can't rattle him."

Extra points: Former Army quarterback Chase Laws is battling for the back-up quarterback job at Division I-AA Appalachian State with redshirt freshman Zach Amedro. Junior Trey Elder is listed as the starter. Laws, a senior, expected to fight for Army's starting quarterback job in 2005. But he left the Academy that spring. Appalachian State won the Division I-AA national title last year ... Former Army quarterback Pete Hargis, who told earlier this year that he would play at Division I-AA Northern Arizona this fall, isn't on the Lumberjack's roster. Stay tuned for more info ...

Looking ahead: Army's week two opponent – Kent State – appeared to have concerns in the backfield. Not anymore. Kent State coach has been happy with the performance of running backs Eugene Jarvis and Tony Howard during camp. Howard is a transfer from Michigan State. He sat out last season as per NCAA rules.

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